Vivek Ramaswamy’s protection of Donald J. Trump at Wednesday’s debate shortly devolved right into a laundry checklist of far-right conspiracy theories.
After attacking his opponents for turning on Mr. Trump after supporting him, Mr. Ramaswamy took purpose at “the deep state” as the true enemy of the American folks.
That amorphous entity, Mr. Ramaswamy claimed, clearly had a job within the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol.
“Why am I the one particular person, on this stage at the least, who can say that Jan. 6 now does appear like it was an inside job?” Mr. Ramaswamy stated. (Dozens of prison indictments and bipartisan congressional investigations rebut Mr. Ramaswamy’s argument.)
Whereas Mr. Trump has tried to make these convicted of crimes for his or her actions on Jan. 6 into political martyrs, the assertion that the riot was one way or the other an “inside job” is extra usually confined to the fever swamps of conspiracy theories.
As if studying a far-right message board, Mr. Ramaswamy continued, claiming that the 2020 election was stolen by “large tech” (a number of intelligence companies known as it “probably the most safe in American historical past”) and that the 2016 election, which Mr. Trump received, was additionally “stolen from him by the nationwide safety institution” due to the investigation into allegations that his marketing campaign had colluded with Russia.
And Mr. Ramaswamy claimed that the “nice alternative principle” — the racist concept that minorities, generally manipulated by Jews, need to substitute white People — was not a conspiracy principle however as a substitute a “primary assertion of the Democratic Celebration’s platform.”
The “nice alternative principle” has been creeping into the conservative mainstream, popularized by hosts like Tucker Carlson, and has been referenced by a number of mass shooters.